Most of my students have been with me for a bit so they go confidently into that dark night :). Because really, the best way of journaling is when you just Start. No plan. Allow the path reveal itself. One of my students had a revelation when we got to the collage part. And I did too. I had a feeling there was somewhere I was going with that page so I kept working it till I got there. I don't always do that though; some things are meant to be simple and playful.
The progression of layers was
Spill writing with an Inktense pencil
Brush over with water to "erase" the words
Stenciling with Spray Inks
Stamping with textured background stamps and Archival Inks
Adding black and white if needed for contrast
Barbara played with the idea of a surrealist parlor game, Exquisite Corpse
Here are some of the materials we used. Use what you have and apply a playful attitude! (Affiliate Links).